We are here to talk about maps
Ladies and gentlemen, we are here to talk about maps. Maps guide us through the urban landscape, but they also hint at parts of our environment that have not yet been explored.
That is how I opened my final presentation on a comprehensive mapping and analysis project of the laneways and back alleys of Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina). Today's post is also about maps, but of a different kind.
Should we put Transit City (LRT) lines on the TTC subway map?
Some feel that because these lines will not be subway lines they do not belong on a subway map and will cause rider confusion about the level of service being offered. Some have cited international precedent to support this argument. The Tramlink network in Croydon, Greater London does not appear on the base Underground Map, for example.
While we need to borrow best practises from the rest of the world, each city has developed its own subway map style. Just because the Europeans leave certain lines off of their subway maps does not mean that we should follow. Perhaps the solution is using a thinner line width than the subway lines, but we marginalize our LRT lines at our own peril. They may not be subway lines, but they are a service enhancement over a mixed-traffic bus route - and that's something we should recognize and celebrate.
That's what I think. What about you?
Labels: light rail